Quinn's action means most programs won't suffer as much

CHAMPAIGN – School officials will not have to make drastic cuts in preschool programs this year, now that some funding has been restored to Illinois State Board of Education's budget.

Rossville-Alvin schools, teachers reach tentative deal

ROSSVILLE – Rossville-Alvin Elementary School teachers could be working under a new three-year contract in a couple of weeks.

Free dental exams available for Vermilion County kids

DANVILLE – Vermilion County youths can get a free dental exam just in time for the new school year.

The HALO Project, a Health Community Initiative sponsored by the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation, has joined forces with Colgate-Bright Smiles Bright Futures, Orland Park Dental Services and Aunt Martha's Vermilion Area Community Health Center to host Smiling Faces Dental Day in Danville on Aug. 13-14.

Champaign district happy with progress, foretells more

CHAMPAIGN – Margie Skirvin was about to finish her first four-year term on the Champaign school board in 2001. The school district had been struggling for several years to address concerns about black students, from too many in special education and being given discipline referrals, to too few in gifted and honors classes, to those students being bused out of their neighborhoods.

Skirvin was one of the board members in November 2001 who signed off on the consent decree, a federal court agreement requiring the district to eliminate unwarranted disparities between black and white students in achievement and a number of other areas.

Budget woes will cut into Danville preschool programs

DANVILLE – Over the last school year, Tia Awodeha watched her youngest daughter, Joi, go from shy to self-assured.

The Danville woman gives a lot of the credit to a Head Start program on Kimball Street where Joi, now 4, learned her ABCs, numbers and colors, as well as socialization skills.

Champaign schools' consent decree comes to an end

CHAMPAIGN – Calling it a monumental day for the Champaign school district, board President Dave Tomlinson and other board members ended the district's consent decree case Wednesday night when they voted to approve a settlement agreement in the case.

To bring the case to an end, the school district agreed to adopt several policies regarding opening and closing schools, special-education referrals, and support for students in alternative programs.

Danville schools staff to start school year without contract

DANVILLE – Danville schools teachers and other staff will start the 2009-10 school year without a new contract.

Negotiation teams for the school district and Danville Education Association could not reach a tentative deal Wednesday after the last of three lengthy negotiation sessions held over the past two weeks.

Danville grade schools to receive computer upgrades

DANVILLE – Last year, Wilbur Bolton's fifth-graders at Northeast Elementary Magnet School looked forward to getting some of their assignments 21st century-style: via e-mail.


CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district has settled its consent decree case after a day-long settlement conference in Peoria Tuesday.

The school board is expected to approve the settlement agreement at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

UI trustee resigns, calls on his colleagues to do the same

URBANA – Powerful Chicago lawyer Lawrence Eppley says he will resign from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. He made the announcement Tuesday, 24 hours after two former UI presidents called for it.

He also called for the other eight trustees to resign.